The harrowing story of Yasiel Puig has been well told now in several places. It raised a pertinent question: Can something be done to make it easier and safer for Cuban players to reach Major League Baseball?

If there is, commissioner Bud Selig says it is outside the scope of his abilities.

"You’re getting into an international political situation," he said. "Commissioners have a lot of power but they don’t have an international power. It was a tough story to read."

Selig said that there have been internal discussions about trying to do something on the issue but "it gets into a level that is really beyond us."